LINGUIST List 32.1598

Fri May 07 2021

Confs: Cog Sci, Philos of Lang, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Semantics/Online

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Date: 07-May-2021
From: Rachel Dudley <>
Subject: XII. Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science: Linguistic and cognitive foundations of meaning
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XII. Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science: Linguistic and cognitive foundations of meaning
Short Title: DUCOG

Date: 19-May-2021 - 21-May-2021
Location: Online, Croatia
Contact: Rachel Dudley
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

Meeting Description:

Conference theme: Linguistic and cognitive foundations of meaning

Language and cognition are intimately linked, but debates about the exact nature of their relationship still occupy a central focus in cognitive science. Meaning provides an important window onto the interface between language and broader cognition: on one hand, language can be viewed as mapping onto pre-existing concepts, on the other hand, language can be thought of as a set of cues to meaning. Our invited program brings together an interdisciplinary set of speakers with diverse theoretical perspectives and empirical approaches to discuss issues at the interface of language and cognition within the domain of meaning.

Invited speakers include:
Marina Bedny - Johns Hopkins University (US)
Susan Carey - Harvard University (US)
Emmanuel Chemla - CNRS, LSCP, Ecole Normale Supérieure (France)
Jennifer Culbertson - University of Edinburgh (UK)
Jean-Rémy Hochmann - CNRS-ISCMJ, Université Lyon 1 (France)
Gary Lupyan - University of Wisconsin-Madison (US)
Asifa Majid - University of York (UK)
Paul Pietroski - Rutgers University (US)
Uli Sauerland - Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (Germany)
Alexis Wellwood - University of Southern California (US)

Program Information:

Tuesday, May 18

2-4pm: Invited Session 1

Jennifer Culbertson (University of Edinburgh): From semantic primitives to conceptual structure: Experimental investigations into the role of meaning in grammar

Emmanuel Chemla (CNRS, LSCP, Ecole Normale Supérieure): Title TBA

5-7pm: Submitted Session 1


Claire Bergey, Benjamin C. Morris (University of Chicago) & Daniel Yurovsky (Carnegie Mellon University): Remarking on the atypical: Implications for language learning and modeling

Bálint Forgács (ELTE), Judit Gervain (Università Padua), Eugenio Parise (Lancaster University), György Gergely (Central European University), Zsuzsanna Üllei Kovács, Lívia Elek & Ildikó Király (ELTE): Is Semantic Processing Grounded in Mentalization?

Barbu Revencu (Central European University): The Interpretation of External Symbols at the Interface Between Vision and Communication

Ellen Lau (University of Maryland): From object files to discourse files: neural support for a common referential index system in scene and sentence comprehension

Wednesday, May 19

2-4pm: Invited Session 2

Uli Sauerland (Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft): A Meaning First Approach to Generative Grammar

Gary Lupyan (University of Wisconsin-Madison): How words structure our concepts

5-7pm: Submitted Session 2


Judy Kim (Yale University) & Marina Bedny (Johns Hopkins University): Why grass is green and not yellow: Intuitions about object colors in signed and congenitally blind adults

Annika Tjuka (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History): Meanings of body part terms: Cross-linguistic colexifications between body parts and objects

Joshua Martin (Harvard University): Privativity as a window to lexical-conceptual structure

Fang Wang, Simon Kirby & Jennifer Culbertson (University of Edinburgh): A bias for cross-category harmony is sensitive to semantic similarity

Thursday, May 20

2-4pm: Invited Session 3

Susan Carey (Harvard University): Representation of Logical Relations in Infancy and in Preschool Children’s Language—Continuity or Discontinuity?

Jean-Rémy Hochmann (CNRS. Institut des Sciences Cognitives Marc Jeannerod, Université Lyon 1): Foundations of meaning in infancy: the case of abstract relations

5-7pm: Submitted Session 3


Yue Ji (Beijing Institute of Technology) & Anna Papafragou (University of Pennsylvania): Children are sensitive to the internal temporal profiles of events

Denis Tatone (Central European University): Prelinguistic grounding of event structure. The case of giving and taking

Alon Hafri (Johns Hopkins University), Lilia Gleitman (University of Pennsylvania), Barbara Landau (Johns Hopkins University) & John Trueswell (University of Pennsylvania): Where word and world meet: Intuitive correspondence between visual and linguistic symmetry

Lilia Rissman & Gary Lupyan (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Linguistic and nonlinguistic event categories have similar prototype structure

Friday, May 21

2-4pm: Invited Session 4

Asifa Majid (University of York): Culture shapes the expression of meaning in language

Marina Bedny (Johns Hopkins University): Insights into how language transforms the mind and brain from studies with blind individuals

5-7pm: Invited Session 5

Paul Pietroski (Rutgers University): The Extension Dogma

Alexis Wellwood (University of Southern California): Composition, comparison, and cognition

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